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AMX Ships DXLink Multi-Format Transmitters, Completes Enova Network-Centric A/V Platform
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Units master A/V installers' vast obstacle: sending legacy analog and digital signals, control, Ethernet, USB, and power great distances over one cable
RICHARDSON, Texas – June 27, 2012 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the immediate availability of its DXLink™ Multi-Format Transmitters. Developed for use with the Enova® DGX Digital Media Switchers and Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers, the transmitters add the ability to extend the reach of not only HDMI but now analog A/V sources, as well as control, Ethernet and power carrying the signals up to 100 meters over one twisted pair cable. Both the DXLink Multi-Format Transmitter Module and Wallplate designs are currently shipping.
There is a growing interest in network-centric A/V solutions. DXLink Multi-Format Transmitters provide a comfortable transition between traditional and network-centric A/V by providing full support for distributing traditional A/V formats but utilizing UTP cabling while simultaneously distributing control and IP data over the very same cable. They take installation flexibility even further by incorporating a 2x1 switcher design, a feat much appreciated by AMX integrators. As a 2x1, one analog input and one digital input are provided, giving the user the ability to remotely select from either source. This includes the capability to insert digital or analog audio into either of the actively chosen video sources.
"While we are seeing an increase in the use of digital sources in the conference room, we're just not quite there yet. The need for long-distance transport of legacy analog sources is still huge," said AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "The beauty of our design is that we support both analog and digital in the same unit, in essence doubling up on the number of inputs possible by using this architecture. By doing this we ensure that no matter the input we can support the technology allowing meeting participants to focus on the 'perfect meeting' and not having to worry about the underlying technology or compatibility. As we like to say we make the communication, collaboration, and education experience Beautifully Simple and Simply Beautiful."
Using an Enova Switcher, an installer has already avoided serious integration time. They feature exclusive technologies like SmartScale® on every output to deliver video perfectly scaled for each display. They also include InstaGate Pro® to smartly address key constraints and delays created by HDMI/HDCP. And with a single twisted pair cable connecting DXLink Transmitters to Enova DVX or DGX, all Enova capabilities are transported perfectly - 100 meters at a time from component to component. And this model can be carried out across an enterprise as far as needed.
"From an installation standpoint it doesn't get simpler. Think of a conference room installation," explained Paul Hand, AMX senior product manager. "On the table, you install a HydraPort® that gives your meeting attendees a clean way to easily plug in their digital and now analog devices like Laptops and Document Cameras for the presentation. From the HydraPort, you can then run short pass-through interconnect cables like VGA and HDMI - which can be costly in longer sizes - just a short distance to a DXLink Transmitter mounted under the table. From there, your only infrastructure is a single, twisted pair cable that you run to an Enova DVX Switcher located in an equipment closet across the room or an Enova DGX located down the hall for distribution to displays located all over the building. And instantly and very cost effectively, you've created a beautifully simple install that gives your client a reliable, easy-to-use system, scaled to their specific needs. And increasing convenience and cost savings a step further, DXLink Transmitters are powered from the connected Enova DGX or DVX so there is no need for a separate power supply - these tiny transmission powerhouses are incredibly effective."
The compact DXLink Transmitter Module is easily mounted with all V Style options including rack, surface mount or pole. The Wallplate mounts onto standard 2 gang US, UK or EU back boxes.